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Profile of registrant

British Chamber of Commerce in Belgium

Identification number in the register: 56188303384-93
Registration date: 29/03/10 14:36:08

The information on this organisation was last modified on 18/03/14 17:07:46
The date of the last annual update was 18/03/14 17:07:46


Registrant : Organisation or self-employed individual

Name/company name: British Chamber of Commerce in Belgium
Acronym:
Legal status: Company limited by guarantee (non-profit), UK
Website address: http://www.britishchamber.be

Sections

Section: II - In-house lobbyists and trade/professional associations
and more precisely: Trade, business & professional associations

Person with legal responsibility

Surname, Name: Mrs  Glynis Whiting
Position: President

Permanent person in charge of EU relations

Surname, Name: Mr  Glenn Vaughan
Position: Chief Executive

Contact details:

Contact details of organisation's head office: 16 Great Queen St Covent Garden
London WC2B 5AH
UNITED KINGDOM
Telephone number: (+32) 25409030
Fax number: (+) 
Other contact information: All correspondance to be addressed to our Brussels office:
Boulevard Bischoffsheim 11
1000 Brussels
Tel. +322 540 9030
Fax. +322 512 8363

Goals / remit

Goals / remit of the organisation: The British Chamber’s mission is to be the essential network for international business in Belgium.

British by name and origin, the British Chamber is in reality a truly international and independent organisation providing a unique networking platform for business people.

NETWORKING - As one of the most diverse and international chamber in Europe, networking is at the heart of everything we do.
- We are a network of 260 companies and 2000 active business people;
- Two thirds of our members are non-British companies;
- Members range from large multinationals to small services companies and entrepreneurs;
- We hold over 100 events a year with business and institutional speakers.

PROFILING - The British Chamber provides a platform to profile and promote member businesses and build relationships with a wide range of potential clients and stakeholders.
- High level meetings/networking with senior business and government figures;
- EU Policy briefings;
- Keeping up to date with latest business developments;
- Marketing for members.

INSIGHT - Our programme of informal and in-depth briefings by leading figures allows our members to gain insights into business and policy developments at both national and EU level.
- Our events cover a range of topics from high level politics through technical legislative dossiers to practical issues relating to doing business in Belgium;
- We have specialist committees on business development, EU and ICT;
- We also hold a number of briefings with national and regional decision makers and senior Belgian business representatives;
- a particular feature of our briefings is their informal setting.
The organisation's fields of interests are:
  • national
  • European
  • global

Number of persons engaged in activities falling under the scope of the Transparency Register

Number of persons: 5
Complementary information: This includes CEO, a full-time head of policy, policy executive (from 2014), junior support staff and the partial contribution of other permanent staff.

Persons accredited for access to European Parliament premises

First name Surname Start Date End Date
Glynis Whiting 19/11/13 15/11/14
Glenn Vaughan 11/10/13 09/10/14
Uzma LODHI 10/10/13 08/10/14

Activities

Main EU initiatives covered the year before by activities falling under the scope of the Transparency Register:


The British Chamber organises around 120 events per year of which around 80 are related to the EU. Around 40 comprise briefings by senior speakers from EU institutions, governments and parliamentarians covering all policy fields of interest to businesses (e.g. trade, environment, internal market, competition etc).

We also currently have eight task forces which arrange smaller briefings on specific subjects and legislative dossiers. These cover:
- health, consumer and social policies
- energy, environment & transport
- financial services
- business security (counterfeit, intellectual property, borders and customs
- innovation
- ICT
- food security, sustainability and safety
- trade and competition

Fields of interest for e-mail alerts on consultations and roadmaps;

Fields declared by the organisation:
  • Agriculture and Rural Development
  • Audiovisual and Media
  • Budget
  • Climate Action
  • Competition
  • Consumer Affairs
  • Customs
  • Economic and Financial Affairs
  • Employment and Social Affairs
  • Energy
  • Enterprise
  • Environment
  • Food Safety
  • Home Affairs
  • Information Society
  • Internal Market
  • Justice and Fundamental Rights
  • Public Health
  • Research and Technology
  • Sport
  • Taxation
  • Trade
  • Trans-European Networks
  • Transport

Networking

Information on (i) organisation's membership of any associations/federations/confederations or (ii) relationships to other bodies in formal or informal networks.




We are a member of COBCOE, an independent non-profit organisation representing 35 British chambers of commerce in 32 countries across Europe. Acting as an umbrella organisation, COBCOE works with member chambers to advance international trade and business with the United Kingdom. As such, it gives a voice to about 10,000 businesses, mainly located outside of the UK, from all sectors of trade and industry involved in business with the UK.

Our aim is to protect and promote the interests of our constituent chambers - and their business members - through representation, cooperation and trade stimulation. To do this, we liaise closely with governments and organisations including the Confederation of British Industry (CBI), Institute of Directors (IoD), and British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) to ensure that our members’ needs and concerns are addressed.

Financial data

Financial year: 01/2013 - 12/2013
Estimated costs to the organisation directly related to representing interests to EU institutions in that year: 300,000 €
Amount and source of funding received from the EU institutions in financial year n-1 of registration
Procurement: 0 €
Grants: 0 €
Other (financial) information provided by the organisation:

The British Chamber of Commerce in Belgium does not undertake any representational activities. However, our member companies will, from time to time, use the events arranged by our EU Committee for their own representational activities. Therefore, in the interests of transparency and in recognition of the fact that we do provide a platform for our members to interact with EU policy-makers, we list below all of the costs associated with the operation of our EU committee in 2011.

All costs in EUR

Event costs (venues etc) 75000
Salary costs 155000
Overheads 70000

TOTAL 300000

We would suggest that of these costs, one-sixth (around EUR 50,000) could be reasonably said to be costs directly related to representational activities by our individual members through chamber activities.

The basis for the estimate of costs given is that the chamber's activities provide three equally important benefits for its members – networking, profiling and insight (as set out above). We therefore take one-third of costs as being related to profiling. In the case of EU committee activities, profiling normally includes market positioning (toward clients) as well as interest representation. We thus estimate that up to one-sixth of EU committee costs could be seen as related to the latter.

Code of conduct

By its registration the organisation has signed the Transparency Register Code of Conduct.